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People Share Their Best 'That Actually Worked' Moments

I can't believe it! I'm a genius!

Everyday in life, heck in breath in life can lead us to moments of shock and awe, especially when in comes to moments of chance or capabilities we thought we'd never possess. Much like Tom Hanks in 'Castaway' we too can make fire, often we only just have to try. Sometimes the surprising successes come in tiny instances that make us smile or life changing events that keep us shooketh! The shooketh moments are the most fun. We all yearn for the stunned realization of "I have NO idea how I did that, but I'll take the credit and run!" Those are the moments that make us... invincible.

Redditor u/Nest-egg wanted everyone to regale us with.... What's your top "wow, that actually worked?" moment?


I'm V.I.P Darlings!

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I met a girl in Thailand who bragged about her family and how her dad is a record exec. She said if I ever dropped their name at a BA lounge they would let me in.

I was in London 2 years later and at the airport I asked them to look up the name at the lounge and they let me right in. lookitskeith

Hands to yourself... 

When I was about 11 and computer monitors were all just becoming flat screen, we bought a crappy little LCD. Just my luck, the plug didn't have a third pin and short circuited within a week of getting it. The monitor's colors were all messed up, flickering between distorted, random colors, and outright all becoming one solid color then going back. This happened momentarily every few minutes. My parents refused to buy me a new one because I broke my new monitor. It wasn't my fault!

So being the bored kid I was, I just did my best to use it anyway. I remember it so very clearly. I was playing Warrock, and the screen blacked out right before a firefight and got me killed. I was like alright, if my parents won't buy me a new one since this is half working, so I'll just break it completely. Without a second though, I punched it in the center right then and there. This fixed the monitor. There was discoloration around where I punched it and a line through the middle, but no more random colors, no more flickering.

A few years later I got a new monitor and my dad was going to take my old one. I moved it from my computer to his, and when I first set it up, the colors were all messed up. I told him I knew how to fix it. I punched it again expecting it to break, they all looked at me like I was insane and asked what the hell I was doing. It worked. It still works. 12 years later and he's still using the same monitor with the line going through it where I punched it. -Cokeman

Just Ask...

Went to check into a hotel, and I asked him if there was a parking fee.

He replied with yes, it's $15 a night.

I asked, any chance you could waive it?

He replied with: Yeah sure.

I was like: Ok, thanks lol. Saved me $60. 1mrlee

Keep Walking.... head down! 

I walked into a festival at midnight, no ticket, showed the security guard my wrist, he flashed his flashlight at my wrist and pushed me through the gate. JeromeMixTape

Amateur Sleuth....

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Had a then-friend whose behavior was kind of sketchy and suspicious. All kinds of red flags with this guy, but no real proof of his sociopath nature. Just several suspicions.

So one day I checked up on one of his stories. He'd have brand new vehicles for a while, then they'd mysteriously vanish. He claimed to be rich, from Mafia money, and he just "got tired" of that new Corvette or motorcycle or whatever.

So I called the dealership where his last expensive car had been "purchased" and pretended to be a private detective, working on behalf of a rich client, who was thinking of doing business with my then-friend. "Just checking out his reliability," I told the guy. "We see he bought a Corvette..."

The guy told me everything about how my friend put some short money down on the car then failed to make even a single payment afterwards, and successfully evaded the repo man for MONTHS until they finally caught up to him.

I couldn't get away with it today, with everyone suspicious of phishing/social engineering. Back then people were more naive and would spill the beans easily if you sounded legit on the phone. clit-eastwould

The 'Learned' Wizard...

Pressing the 'Learn' button on my garage door opener to program it with my car universal remote yesterday. TheJadedSF

Holy s**t, same here. I remember maybe 15 years ago as a kid thinking my dad was some sort of wizard for programming it in under a minute. When I got mine, I thought it would be crazy difficult but it was literally press the learn key on both sides hahaha. ColonelAverage

Wax on... Wax off...

I polish tile floors with a propane buffer. We were unloading the machine from the van when wind slammed the door shut. The door hit the oil fill tube and shattered it. Needed to find a way to fix it so we could do the jobs for the night. It was 2 in the morning and the only place open was Walmart. Walked around the hardware and automotive department for about 20 minutes trying to find something to fix it. Ended up with a pack of rubber feet for a barstool, self taping screws, and had a roll of universal metal strap in my toolbox. Plugged the hole with the rubber foot. It was tapered and fit perfectly. Then ran the metal strap over the foot and screwed it into the frame off the machine. Took a week to get a replacement part and that held the whole time. Just couldn't check the oil for the week. DCxMiLK

Do you hear the people hum.... 

Fans on my old Macbook had stopped working. Searched on YouTube for a fix and found a video that said "Sometimes there can be lint/dust/etc. clogging up the spinny mechanisms. A good thumping can get them back in order."

The guy in the video proceeded to hammer the computer with his fists and the fans came back on. I shrugged, gave it a shot, and to my surprise, they hummed back to life and I was back in business. Still can't believe it. Mckavity

Cool as can be.... 

I repair slot machines for a living. One was frozen in game state with well over a thousand bucks on it. All the doors were closed, no jams in the dollar acceptor or the voucher printer, all the lights were on and the software just stopped mid-spin. I was thinking the game finally died and we'd need to reimburse the guest for their lost money, which can take a while if it's a ton of money like this.

The guest jokingly asked if it just needed it's butt kicked to work again, and I figured that since this game is old and durable, I'll indulge him. I kicked it, and the game came right back up, and the guest proceeded to win another $500 or so from that spin. Game was good for the rest of the day, too; no errors or anything.

I played it off as gracefully as I could, but I think that was my life's peak and I'll never look that cool to anybody ever again. slappadabassplz

Bend and Snap for life! 

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I was 12 and didn't know how to swim. I wound up in the deep end of of a pool with dozens of other people who didn't realize I disappeared underwater. I struggled for a second then remembered something my childhood friend told me: "All you have to do to float is bend over in water." I never had the guts to try when she told me, but I was 'bout to die, so, I just let my body relax, and bent over in the water by my waist and floated to the surface, alive. I couldn't believe it was as simple as she said. pixel_ate_it

Find the Flashes! 

I was a photographer in the Army, and I had tickets to see this music festival called VirginFest. I showed up with my work camera (Canon 5DMkii) and went straight to media. I acted confused as to why my name wasn't on the list, and answered every question they had with "I don't know, I was just told to be here and shoot, this should have all been taken care of already."

I then pretended to make some phone calls off to the side.

10 minutes later, this lady pulls up with a golf cart and hands me a media sticker and wristband. That was the say I shot my first concert which included Weezer, Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday and Public Enemy.

I used that day to make friends with other photographers shooting and used those contacts to end up shooting hundreds of concerts and festivals and nearly all of my favorite bands. punkrawkisneat

Turn it off and on...

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Apparently the normal fix for computers fixes cars as well.

My friend and I were going to the mall in her car. She started the car and everything seemed fine. She put it in reverse but all it seemed to do was put the car in neutral. No amount of pushing on the gas made the car move. The only reason we were moving back at all was because of the incline of the driveway.

Once we've rolled back on flat ground she puts it in drive hoping that it'll fix itself but nope. We're not moving at all. In a moment of what is either brilliance or sheer stupidity, I said, "why don't you turn it off and turn it back on." Like it was a computer.

Sure enough, she turned it off and turned it back on and everything was fine. It was like nothing was ever broken. So we drove to the mall and nothing like that ever happened to her car again. SilverQuill828

Cheers! 

Convinced I would bomb my AI final exam, I went out drinking the night before, I show up hungover, circle some answers and left after 30 minutes. I got the second highest grade in the class. Sileem

The Flying Shoe....

I worked in a grocery store as a manager and there was wasp that was freaking everybody out. One thing led to another and while my intent was for it to be a joke, I flicked my shoe off my foot and smashed the wasp against the ceiling with my shoe landing flat on the ground in front of me. I just stepped back in and kept going about my day. Everyone was standing in awe of my happy accident. Skiddy_Underpants

Free time... 

Got a Free Watch offer from a decent company I'd bought from before. But you had to spend over $300. I added 4 of the "free watches" which were usually $75 into the cart, which registered as $300.

I went to checkout and a green -$300 appears in the bill. Added my shipping address and two weeks later they came. DigNitty

The Inferno.... 

In college, I took a literature review course that included Dante's Divine Comedy. I had read it at 16 (because it was mentioned in 'Se7en'...I was an edgelord dips**t, not a literature connoisseur). 'Inferno' is great and 'Purgatorio' is more interesting than I'd thought, but 'Paradiso' is boring as hell. 21-year-old me declined to re-read any of them prior to the essay test for this class. I just decided to fake my way through based on what I remembered from years before.

Got an A. nookienostradamus

Just Asking....

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I was flying... somewhere. After everyone else was boarded I went up to the gate agent and asked about being upgraded to first class. After a bunch of typing on her computer she said sure and asked how I would like to pay for it. I said "By asking nicely?"

To my amazement she gave me a boarding pass for my new first class seat. dev_c0t0d0s0

The Baby Whisperer... 

The first time my wife and I went out to eat with our new baby, he was sitting in a baby seat next to the table, and he started crying. I picked up a salt shaker and set it right in front of him, and said, "Watch this." And he looked at the salt and stopped crying. snoweel

It's just a condiment....

Once when I was a kid we picked up McDonalds for lunch on the way home from somewhere. I got settled in at the table and realized that I forgot to grab ketchup. I didn't want to stand up again, so I turned to my younger sister and said "Ughhh... I wish we weren't out of ketchup...." to which she replies "Huh? No we aren't!"

We go back and forth a few times with me vehemently denying we had ketchup, until she angrily stomped to the fridge, grabbed it, and slammed it down right in front of me. She still gets mad when I bring it up to this day .... lol. fluffkin

Face the Music! 

A baby deer got trapped in our back yard and was throwing itself into the chain-link fence; couldn't think to look behind and see the open gate. I remembered reading Cicero's Pro Archia, where he mentions that sometimes animals react to music. So I told my wife to grab my guitar and play a few chords. Sure enough, the deer calmed down and started walking towards the music. She stopped for a second and it instantly freaked out again and started running into the fence, but as soon as she started again it calmed down and walked towards the sound. Once it got about half way, it saw the gate and ran out. Wife thinks I'm a damn wizard now. sandscript

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Here are a some people admitting strong opinions they no longer have, and what it took to change those views. Redditor u/segafarm asks:

What is the strongest opinion you once held but no longer hold, and what make you change your mind?

Jade-Colored Glasses

I used to think that being cynical/negative was realistic and somehow smarter than being positive. I've since realized that a "be prepared for the worst but expect the best" is far better. We can't control the outcome of anything in life. Being negative makes you miserable rather than protected from bad things happening.

nanaimo

Cant' Have A Conversation With A Parrot

I used to be a conspiracy theorist. Believed that 9/11 was committed by the US government and that we never landed on the moon.

Once I started looking outside of the echo chamber I was in and started looking at alternate explanations, theories and listening to different viewpoints I soon realized how ridiculous those notions were.

Not-A-Real-Subreddit

A Big, Mysterious Universe

I used to be a strict, hardline atheist. I was the kind of bastard that would bring the subject up for no reason, just to argue. I don't know what the hell my problem was. Now I feel like, the universe is big, I don't know what all might be out there, I don't really care. I live as if there is no afterlife, because that makes sense to me. But if you don't, and you believe in one, that's perfectly fine, and maybe you're right. Who knows?

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Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man

I used to believe anyone can be a successful artist if they just put the time and effort into it. There is no such thing as talent, only hard work.

What changed my mind: Art school. There were quite a few people that tried hard, but just weren't able to achieve professional level art.

berfica

You're Not Your Emotions

For the longest time, I thought my emotions were in a sense the most "real" part of me. I was always a very emotional person and I didn't make a real effort to control it as I thought it was a good thing, that I was just being honest with myself. Over time though, I started to become very depressed and the negative emotions just keep adding on and on. I thought "this is just how I am I guess". Unfortunately it started hurting other relationships I had, and everything changed when my girlfriend broke up with me. After a lot of reading I found that emotions are not who we are at all. They're just reactions and there's nothing that requires us to act on them or feed them. I'm learning to let it go through me instead of hanging on like I used to.

inca829

Don't Forget Big Willie Style

I used to think that hip hop was bland, repetitive, and all about clubbing and sh*t. Then one of my friends pointed me towards people like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Nas and Run The Jewels, who all have great songs and clever lyrics, and I realized that Hip Hop is pretty great.

6quid

The A**holes Will Always Find A Way

I used to think that the catholic church was responsible for all of the hateful people in it. I gave people the chance to challenge my opinion and someone explained it very nicely to me. Basically, the hateful people use the church as an excuse, if you remove the church they will gladly find another excuse.

TianaLeFong

High Times

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I used to tell myself that I would never stop smoking weed, and that I'd be happy if my kids grew up to be pot smokers... Now I have a kid, don't smoke, and realize what an idiot I was when all I did was smoke all day. I could probably be in a much better position if I hadn't smoked all through college.

But I mean, I still think pot's okay... Just in moderation.

edgar__allan__bro

The Road Less Traveled

"All taxation is theft, man! I made my money without any help from public institutions or the infrastructure they support, I should be able to keep every last dime of it!"

Naturally that was when I was 18, living at home rent free, and working at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver who relied upon public roads for pretty much every cent I made.

ExtremelyLongButtock

All Those PSA's Didn't Do Much

The whole D.A.R.E anti-drugs. Yes crack and heroin is bad, but they over dramatized what happens when you do smaller drugs. Weed isn't even a gateway drug, alcohol is more of a gateway drug. When I saw weed for the first time I thought it was tobacco (This was after all the D.A.R.E training too). Letting the government teach you your morales and philosophy is a thing that sheep do. Don't be a sheep.

PlantTreesForToday

Where Would We Be Without The Kindness Of Strangers

I used to think people on welfare and state assistance just weren't trying hard enough. I grew up spoiled and entitled and it seemed like any kind of charity was a stigma.

Then, my husband became chronically ill, and the economy took a shit. My family has been close to homelessness more than once, and have relied on state insurance and assistance off and on throughout the past few years. There are definitely people out there who abuse the system, but some just get stuck in a horrible cycle of poverty.

I also work in a school that has a high number low income and refugee families. It has really opened my eyes to the struggles that some people face.

BuffyandtheHellcats

He's Still There For You, The Best He Can Be

I could go through life and could seek meaningful advice from my Dad who has always been there for me.

Now he has been reduced to a feeble condition, I am starting to understand I'm out there on my own, and even what he's sure of is suspect given his mental and physical facilities have been rapidly deteriorating in his late seventies. I feel horrible that I have noticed this long before he did - or at least admitted as much.

june606

Clear Your Mind

This was before I received an ADHD diagnosis. When my doctor referred me to an ADHD specialist, first of all I refused to believe him and was kind of slighted that he even suggested that I could possibly have ADHD.

I had a very strong opinion that if I get a diagnosis that I would refuse to take prescribed amphetamines because they are "bad" and "addictive" and that they would ruin my life.

Then I actually tried the prescription and it was like magic.

Xingua92

Going Through The Whole Spectrum

Used to be fairly open with my views on immigration policy. Then I worked for a while down near Corpus Christie doing immigration work. I'd say one out if every hundred people that came through our office was going to somebody who actually wanted to work and try to make a living here. So many people simply wanted to exist enough to get welfare. Many were young men who we would later defend against exportation as a result of their criminal activity. I began to despise the work of defending these men and wished they would be deported.

Now, I'm dating a foreign girl and we are in the legal immigration process. She has advanced degrees and skills, so that makes things a little easier. But it does make me resent people who just bypass the system. We can't bypass the system because I imagine my participation in immigration fraud could get me disbarred.

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